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  • Young gurkha slays Pak militant in fierce hand-hand combat in Kashmir

    05/11/2014 7:29:22 AM PDT · by MBT ARJUN · 37 replies
    A 23-year-old courageous soldier of the Gurkha regiment killed a Pakistani trained infiltrator during a hand-to-hand combat along the Line of Control in Poonch in the wee hours of Saturday. Defence PRO in Jammu said, "A 23-year-old soldier from the elite Gurkha Regiment of the Indian Army, Rifleman Prem Bahadur Roka Magar scripted an astonishing saga of raw courage and fearlessness, resulting in the elimination of two hardcore Pakistan trained terrorists in the Poonch sector". "The brave soldier after reaching within hand shaking distance tried to grab the AK 47 rifle of the Pak trained infiltrator and in the ensuing...
  • Reagan's Last-Ditch Falklands Plea Revealed

    12/28/2012 10:11:00 AM PST · by the scotsman · 72 replies
    Sky News ^ | 28th December 2012 | Alistair Bunkall
    'Ronald Reagan issued a last-ditch appeal to Margaret Thatcher to abandon her campaign to retake the Falklands and to hand over the islands to international peacekeepers, according to official documents made public today. Files released by the National Archives at Kew, South West London, under the 30-year rule show that as British troops closed in on final victory, the US president made a late-night phone call to Mrs Thatcher urging her not to completely humiliate the Argentines. However, his request fell on deaf ears as a defiant Prime Minister insisted that she had not sent a British task force across...
  • Gurkha ignores knife wound to trap his mugger for 15 minutes while blade was stuck in his arm

    10/14/2012 5:44:05 PM PDT · by Daffynition · 54 replies
    DailyMail ^ | 13 October 2012 | Emma Clark
    Anyone with any knowledge of military history knows the golden rule – don’t mess with a Gurkha. But the knife-wielding mugger in this drama clearly had no idea what he was messing with. He pushed Taitex Phlamachha, a former member of the famous fighting force, up against a wall and demanded money.
  • Gorkha battalion celebrates 125 years (Indian Army)

    11/10/2011 9:58:02 AM PST · by ravager · 15 replies
    Times of India ^ | Nov 10, 2011, 04.24AM IST
    NEW DELHI: India's most decorated Army unit is celebrating its 125th anniversary at Almora on Thursday. The second Battalion of the Fifth Gorkha Rifles Frontier Force has the unique distinction of having won three Victoria Crosses - British equivalent of Param Vir Chakra, the highest war-time gallantry award -- during the World War II, besides being the unit of many legendary warriors. Several veterans of the unit are assembling from all over, including many from Nepal, at Almora to celebrate the 125th anniversary of its raising in Abbottabad in Pakistan, where Osama bin Laden was recently killed by US forces....
  • Meet the Soldier Who Held Off 30 Taliban Attackers Alone [Gurkha]

    06/03/2011 2:59:01 PM PDT · by James C. Bennett · 48 replies
    The Atlantic Wire ^ | June 2, 2011 | Adam Martin
    The story of Dipprasad Pun, a Nepali soldier fighting in Afghanistan with the British Royal Gurkha Rifles, didn't get a lot of press in the United States because, well, he's a Nepali British soldier. But it's amazing. Last September, Pun fought off thirty Taliban attackers by himself, firing 400 rounds of machine gun ammunition, detonating 17 grenades, a landmine, and finally beating the last attackers back with the tripod of his gun. Naturally, he received a high honor yesterday: Britain's Conspicuous Gallantry Cross. A report from March in the British Forces News explains that Pun was on sentry duty alone...
  • Queen decorates Nepali for Afghanistan heroics (Gurkhas again!)

    06/03/2011 7:28:43 AM PDT · by ThinkingBuddha · 17 replies
    yahoo.com ^ | Thu Jun 2, 3:20 am ET | AFP
    A Nepalese soldier in the British army has been given a top bravery award by Queen Elizabeth II for his heroics in Afghanistan, where he single-handedly saw off more than 30 Taliban fighters. Corporal Dipprasad Pun, 31, said he thought he was going to die and so had nothing to lose in taking on the attackers who overran his checkpoint. He was awarded the Conspicuous Gallantry Cross (CGC), which is given in recognition of acts of conspicuous gallantry during active operations against the enemy. Pun fired more than 400 rounds, launched 17 grenades and detonated a mine to repel the...
  • Hero Gurkha gets top gong

    06/02/2011 8:04:51 AM PDT · by AnAmericanAbroad · 22 replies · 1+ views
    The Sun (U.K.) ^ | June 2, 2011 | Duncan Larcombe
    A GURKHA who fought off 30 Taliban on his own even after his ammunition ran out yesterday received a top bravery medal from the Queen.
  • Lone Gurkha vs. 30 Taliban: Guess Who Didn’t Stand A Chance? (Video)

    03/30/2011 12:12:01 PM PDT · by blog.Eyeblast.tv · 27 replies
    If you guessed the Taliban, then you’d be correct. A lone Gurkha fought off an attack by 30 Taliban fanatics with just a chunk of metal and a sandbag after running out of ammunition. According to World Live News: Sergeant Dipprasad Pun, 31, facing a surprise attack at a Afghanistan checkpoint, used superhuman strength to hoist a 50lb machine gun off its mount to blast at the enemy. When they kept coming, he launched 17 grenades and picked up an SA80 assault rifle, only for it to jam. Then he threw the machine gun’s metal tripod at his attackers, before...
  • As a Gurkha is disciplined for beheading a Taliban

    03/25/2011 10:00:57 AM PDT · by ThinkingBuddha · 41 replies
    www.dailymail.co.uk ^ | 07/20/2010 | Robert Hardman
    Just picture the scene as a soldier returns from hunting an arch-enemy. Commanding officer: 'Did you get him?' Soldier: 'Yes, sir.' Commanding officer: 'Are you sure?' Soldier: 'Yes, sir.' Soldier reaches into rucksack and places severed head on table. Commanding officer: ' ****!' If it happened in a Hollywood movie, the audience would either laugh or applaud. But there was no laughter the other day when this happened for real in Babaji, Afghanistan, current posting for the 1st Battalion, Royal Gurkha Rifles. The precise circumstances will not be determined until an official report has been completed, but reliable military sources...
  • Gurkha who repelled Taliban attack gets bravery medal

    03/25/2011 9:12:28 AM PDT · by Daffynition · 18 replies
    A Gurkha who single-handedly fought off an attack by at least a dozen Taliban insurgents has been awarded Britain's second highest medal for bravery. Acting Sergeant Dipprasad Pun used up all of his ammunition and resorted to using his machine gun tripod to repel the attack in Afghanistan in September. The Gurkha, 31, of Ashford, Kent, said he was a "lucky guy" and very proud to get the Conspicuous Gallantry Cross. A total of 136 UK servicemen and women are being honoured, four posthumously.
  • Lone Nepali Soldier Defends Potential Rape Victim Against 40 Men

    02/02/2011 1:03:46 AM PST · by Rummyfan · 20 replies
    Logiccool ^ | 31 Jan 2011 | Anon
    Whoa...holy cow! Every once in a while someone in the world comes along and reminds us what a true hero really looks like. A 35 year-old Gurkha soldier named Bishnu Shrestha was riding a train when he suddenly found himself in the middle of a massive robbery. 40 men armed with knives, swords and guns stormed the train and began robbing the passengers. Bishnu kept his peace while the gang snatched cell phones, jewelry and cash from other riders. But then, the thugs grabbed the 18 year-old girl sitting next to him and forcefully stripped her naked. Before the bandits...
  • Lone Nepali Soldier Defends Potential Rape Victim Against 40 Men

    Whoa...holy cow! Every once in a while someone in the world comes along and reminds us what a true hero really looks like. A 35 year-old Gurkha soldier named Bishnu Shrestha was riding a train when he suddenly found himself in the middle of a massive robbery. 40 men armed with knives, swords and guns stormed the train and began robbing the passengers. Bishnu kept his peace while the gang snatched cell phones, jewelry and cash from other riders. But then, the thugs grabbed the 18 year-old girl sitting next to him and forcefully stripped her naked. Before the bandits...
  • Lone Nepali Gorkha who subdued 40 train robbers

    01/27/2011 4:19:41 AM PST · by Kartographer · 40 replies
    MyRepublica ^ | 1/13/11 | MANOJ ADHIKARI/SANTOSH POKHAREL
    The band of about 40 robbers, some of whom were travelling as passengers, stopped the train in the Chittaranjan jungles in West Bengal around midnight. Shrestha-- who had boarded the train at Ranchi in Jharkhand, the place of his posting--was in seat no. 47 in coach AC3. “They started snatching jewelry, cell phones, cash, laptops and other belongings from the passengers,” Shrestha recalled. The soldier had somehow remained a silent spectator amidst the melee, but not for long. He had had enough when the robbers stripped an 18-year-old girl sitting next to him and tried to rape her right in...
  • Lone Nepali Gorkha who subdued 40 train robbers

    01/26/2011 7:34:20 PM PST · by archy · 70 replies · 2+ views
    Republica [Nepal] ^ | 2011-01-13 04:00:00 | MANOJ ADHIKARI/SANTOSH POKHAREL
    Lone Nepali Gorkha who subdued 40 train robbers MANOJ ADHIKARI/SANTOSH POKHAREL POKHARA, Jan 13: Gorkha soldiers have long been known the world over for their valor and these khukuri-wielding warriors winning the British many a battle have become folklore. A retired Indian Gorkha soldier recently revisited those glory days when he thwarted 40 robbers, killing three of them and injuring eight others, with his khukuri during a train journey. He is in line to receive three gallantry awards from the Indian government. Slave girl Morgiana in the Arabian Nights used her cunning to finish off Ali Baba´s 40 thieves, but...
  • Obituary: Lachhiman Gurung, VC, Gurkha rifleman

    12/16/2010 3:13:14 AM PST · by MadMitch · 8 replies · 2+ views
    Scotsman ^ | 16 Dec. 2010 | Scotsman
    GURKHA rifleman Lachhiman Gurung won the Victoria Cross, our highest award for gallantry in battle, for his bravery on behalf of Allied troops against the Japanese in Burma in 1945 http://thescotsman.scotsman.com/obituaries/Obituary-Lachhiman-Gurung-VC-Gurkha.6661976.jp
  • After 200 years, UK army set to axe Gurkha Regiment

    08/29/2010 7:54:36 PM PDT · by James C. Bennett · 33 replies
    The Times of India ^ | 29 August, 2010 | The Times of India
    LONDON: The world-famous Gurkha Regiment, part of the British army for almost 200 years, may be among those axed unless the ministry of defence's demands for more money to fund the replacement of Trident nuclear missile submarines are answered. Last night, hopes for extra funding were fading as chief secretary to the treasury Danny Alexander rejected demands for extra money from Tory defence secretary Liam Fox and insisted the £20 billion cost of replacing Trident had to be met fully by the MoD, The Observer reported. Quoting an expert, the report said the increasing costs of running the regiment following...
  • Gurkha ordered back to UK after beheading dead Taliban fighter

    07/17/2010 7:43:45 PM PDT · by csvset · 107 replies · 5+ views
    Mail Online ^ | 18th July 2010 | Christopher Leake
    A Gurkha soldier has been flown back to the UK after hacking the head off a dead Taliban commander with his ceremonial knife to prove the dead man’s identity. The private, from 1st Battalion, Royal Gurkha Rifles, was involved in a fierce firefight with insurgents in the Babaji area of central Helmand Province when the incident took place earlier this month. His unit had been told that they were seeking a ‘high value target,’ a Taliban commander, and that they must prove they had killed the right man. Deadly: A platoon of Gurkhas demonstrate their skill with their kukri knives...
  • Security lapses put Aussies in danger (US diplomatic compound in Kabul - security issues)

    06/14/2009 4:26:50 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 10 replies · 466+ views
    The Australian ^ | 15th June 2009 | Amanda Hodge
    THE safety of Australian embassy staff operating out of the US diplomatic compound in Kabul has been jeopardised by security lapses so severe the US State Department has issued a series of complaints against the private contractor responsible. State Department documents released during a US Senate hearing last week showed the contractor in charge of security at the US embassy in Afghanistan, ArmorGroup North America, "has been deficient since the start of the contract in July 2007". ArmorGroup left guard posts at the embassy vacant, hired Gurkha security guards who could not speak English, and failed to properly train their...
  • Gurkha II

    05/12/2009 9:36:41 AM PDT · by george76 · 8 replies · 753+ views
    Michael Yon ^ | 10 May 2009 | Michael Yon
    Today’s mission included moving to capture some bomb makers. What the Gurkhas did not know was that the action they thought they were moving to was not the actual training. The real training was to be an attack on them that would occur along the way. Major Will Kefford, the commander of C coy, continues to throw unexpected curveballs at the men. Nothing is sacred. Everything is a trick. Before we set off, Major Kefford said to me something like, “See that man on the ground over there? That’s Agnish. He got the Military Cross in Afghanistan on the last...
  • Defeat for Gordon Brown over Gurkhas

    04/29/2009 9:28:36 AM PDT · by bethybabes69 · 13 replies · 593+ views
    MPs vote by a majority of 21 to back a Liberal Democrat demand for all former Gurkhas to be allowed to settle in the UK Gordon Brown suffered a surprise defeat in the House of Commons today when MPs voted to allow all retired Gurkhas to settle in the UK. Although ministers offered a series of minor concessions intended to satisfy the many Labour MPs who signed an amendment attacking government policy, MPs voted by a majority of 21 to back a Liberal Democrat demand for all former Gurkhas – not just those who retired after 1997, plus a few...
  • Gurkhas fail in immigration bid ( UK )

    04/24/2009 10:29:33 AM PDT · by george76 · 12 replies · 535+ views
    itn yahoo ^ | 4/24/09
    Gurkhas have lost a bid to overturn a ruling that stopped them automatically settling in the UK after leaving the Army. Those who left the Army before 1997 were not given the right to automatically settle in the UK after four years' service. Last year, a High Court judge ruled that the policy excluding older veterans was unlawful and in need of urgent review. There are currently around 3,500 serving Gurkhas. More than 200,000 fought during the First and Second World Wars, with 43,000 giving their lives. Ragprasad Purja, 43, served with the Gurkhas for 17 years. He said: "It...
  • 'British army may not recruit Gurkhas' [But willing to take in Guantanamo prisoners 'to help Obama']

    01/15/2009 6:23:00 AM PST · by MyTwoCopperCoins · 22 replies · 1,048+ views
    The Times of India ^ | 15 Jan 2009, 1728 hrs IST | The Times of India
    LONDON: The fearless Gurkhas, who have been part of the British Army for almost 200 years, may no longer be recruited over fears that the veterans will cost too much for the government. Military chiefs have warned that the historic Gurkha regiment could be scrapped if a landmark legal ruling results in thousands more veterans being allowed to settle in Britain, the Evening Standard newspaper said. Under new regulations that are set be announced by Home Secretary Jacqui Smith in the next few weeks, the rights of former Gurkhas who left the regiment before 1997 are expected to be widened...
  • Widow of Gurkha killed fighting for Britain faces deportation

    12/16/2008 4:44:11 AM PST · by MyTwoCopperCoins · 24 replies · 586+ views
    PTI ^ | 16 Dec 2008, 1751 hrs IST | PTI
    LONDON: 36-year-old Sergeant Krishna Bahadur Dura made the ultimate sacrifice fighting for Britain in Afghanistan but his widow has now been warned that she and her children born here may be deported to Nepal. Dura's widow Uma returned to her UK home last week after travelling to Nepal with her two young daughters to bury her husband. But Home Office rules do not automatically allow Gurkhas' widows to remain here. Uma has been told that she may have to leave even though her four-year-old daughter was born in Britain and her 10-year-old is settled at school in Canterbury, Kent. "My...
  • The debt we owe the Gurkhas(Britain)

    10/01/2008 4:41:40 PM PDT · by milestogo · 21 replies · 1,032+ views
    Telegraph ^ | 01 Oct 2008 | Thomas Bell
    The debt we owe the Gurkhas Lance Corporal Ram Bahadur Limbu won his Victoria Cross in a mostly forgotten war, the Indonesian Confrontation, in Borneo in 1965. First, he charged a machine-gun nest, knocking it out with a hand grenade. Then he made two forays into open ground to rescue wounded comrades, and another to retrieve a Bren gun. He used it to charge down and kill what was left of the enemy. When I decided to look up Lance Corporal Limbu a few years ago, it was a simple matter to find him – I just went to his...
  • Gurkha, 87, who won the VC returns war medals...after being refused free hospital care

    06/25/2008 9:44:19 AM PDT · by C19fan · 23 replies · 244+ views
    [UK] Daily Mail ^ | June 25, 2008 | By Staff
    A Gurkha awarded the highest military award for gallantry in the face of the enemy was at the forefront of a demonstration today to promote the rights of more than 2,000 of the soldiers to stay in Britain. Tul Bahadur Pun VC, 87, a Second World War veteran who is now in a wheelchair, delivered a boardful of medals, including an MBE, to Downing Street in protest over the treatment of Gurkha soldiers. A London hospital refused to treat him for his heart condition, claiming he owed thousands of pounds in unpaid medical bills.
  • Gurkha veterans fight for equal rights

    03/19/2008 8:59:15 PM PDT · by george76 · 11 replies · 487+ views
    The Times ^ | March 20, 2008 | Hannah Fletcher
    They came in their Sunday best — a sea of tweeds, brogues and blazers with gold buttons — and mingled politely opposite the Houses of Parliament. There was a lot of hip-hooraying and handshaking. It was the most British of protests. But while the thousand retired Gurkhas who gathered in London yesterday were certainly British in heart and mind, theirs was a campaign to become British by law. Last March, the Government said that all the Army’s Nepalese fighters who retired after 1997 would be entitled to pay and pension equal with the rest of the Army and would be...
  • Bhanbhagta Gurung VC (Gurkha WW2 Hero Dies)

    03/05/2008 1:51:59 PM PST · by Fletch357 · 5 replies · 712+ views
    times online ^ | 4th march 2008 | ?
    Havildar Bhanbhagta Gurung, VC Gurkha who was decorated for his courage and skill in capturing a Japanese position in fierce hand-to-hand fighting Havildar Bhanbhagta Gurung, VC Bhanbhagta Gurung won his Victoria Cross in Burma in 1945. His action was the culmination of a series of extraordinarily gallant actions by this soldier of quite exceptional courage, yet it occurred while he was in disgrace, albeit unjustly. Born in the hill village of Phalbu in western Nepal, he was recruited into the old Indian Army soon after the outbreak of the Second World War, and joined 3rd Battalion 2nd King Edward VII’s...
  • Bhanubhakta Gurung, VC

    03/03/2008 7:55:14 PM PST · by 1066AD · 53 replies · 428+ views
    Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 3/4/2008 | Unattributed
    Bhanubhakta Gurung, VC Last Updated: 2:37am GMT 04/03/2008 Havildar Bhanubhakta Gurung, who has died aged 86, was awarded a VC when serving as a rifleman in the 3rd Battalion of the 2nd Gurkha Rifles in Burma on March 5 1945. At that time the Fourteenth Army was making a drive toward Mandalay in central Burma, and the task of the 25th Division (of which the 2nd Gurkhas were part) was to engage in diversionary action along the coastal sector of Arakan. The 3rd Battalion landed at Ru-Ywa and advanced to the high ground east of Tamandu. Capturing the area would...
  • Ghurkhas Train with US Soldiers in India

    12/04/2007 7:12:03 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 45 replies · 518+ views
    Army News Service ^ | Dec 03, 2007 | Staff Sgt. Matthew MacRoberts
    Ghurkhas Train with U.S. Soldiers in India Dec 03, 2007 BY Staff Sgt. Matthew MacRoberts CHAUBATTIA, India (Army News Service, Dec. 3, 2007) – More than 120 U.S. Soldiers trained in the foothills of the Himalayan Mountains with their Indian counterparts during Exercise Yudh Abhyas in November, building on existing skills and sharing tactics. Participation of the 25th Infantry Division Soldiers from Fort Wainwright, Alaska, in the exercise demonstrates the command’s ability to deploy as the northwest power projection platform, officials said. The C Company “Gimlets,”3/ 21st Infantry, spent about a week training in a cantonment area before relocating and...
  • Soldier from 1RGR killed in Afghanistan

    10/05/2007 8:15:22 AM PDT · by Rikstir · 4 replies · 365+ views
    uk MoD ^ | 5 Oct 07 | uk MoD
    It is with deep regret that the Ministry of Defence must confirm that a soldier serving with 1st Battalion The Royal Gurkha Rifles was killed and two others injured yesterday, Thursday 4 October 2007, in southern Afghanistan. Ministry of Defence Elements of the battalion were returning to their base at Kandahar airfield after taking part in Operation PALK WAHEL, when a vehicle they were travelling in was caught in an explosion approximately 30 km west of Kandahar. The casualties were evacuated by helicopter to the ISAF medical facility at Camp Bastion. Sadly one of the soldiers was pronounced dead on...
  • Prince Harry joins Gurkhas: Report

    07/09/2007 12:39:32 PM PDT · by CarrotAndStick · 58 replies · 3,766+ views
    The Times of India ^ | 9 July, 2007 | The Times of India
    KATHMANDU: Britain's Prince Harry has joined one of the most fearsome units in the British Army the Gurkhas and is undergoing intensive training with the legendary brigade. The prince, 22, who is currently serving as an officer in the posh cavalry regiment, the Blues and Royals, is taking part in intensive training with the legendary unit to improve his fighting skills. He is reportedly undergoing a four-day exercise with the 3rd Battalion Royal Gurkha Rifles in the Brecon Beacons, Wales. At the end of the exercise, Harry, a 2nd lieutenant whose own unit has gone to Iraq without him because...
  • Gurkha tells of citizenship joy

    06/02/2007 10:42:21 PM PDT · by LeoWindhorse · 7 replies · 602+ views
    BBC World News ^ | Saturday, 2 June 2007 | BBC News
    A former Gurkha who won the Victoria Cross has told of his joy at being given the right to live in the UK. Tul Bahadur Pun, 84, who wanted to move from Nepal for medical reasons, promised to be a "credit" to Britain and expressed "deep gratitude". He was initially told he did not have enough British ties to move but was eventually granted a visa because his case was "exceptional". Former Rifleman Mr Pun was awarded his medal for World War II action in Burma.
  • Indian, US armies begin joint exercises in Hawaii(Gurkha Regiment and 25 Infantry Division)

    09/06/2006 8:45:52 PM PDT · by milestogo · 33 replies · 3,956+ views
    Indian, US armies begin joint exercises in HawaiiIndo-Asian News ServiceSeptember 6, 2006 The Indian Army began its largest joint exercise on foreign soil on Wednesday with 140 officers and soldiers joining their US counterparts in honing their counter-insurgency skills at the Schofield Army Base barracks in Hawaii.'Operation Yudh Abhyas (preparing for war)' will run till September 23, a US embassy official said.It follows a similar exercise held at Chaubhatia near Ranikhet in Uttaranchal in January.During the 18-day exercise, the Indian troops, drawn from the Gurkha Regiment, will test their interoperability with forces from the US 25 Infantry Division in face-to-face...
  • When a Hummer won't do

    08/26/2006 8:54:50 PM PDT · by Para-Ord.45 · 58 replies · 2,487+ views
    The Star ^ | August 25, 2006 | TONY WONG
    It can stop a bullet from an AK-47, shrug off a roadside bomb, and it makes a Hummer look like a chick car. The $200,000 (U.S.) Gurkha is coming to a road near you — thanks to a King City-based company that is finding itself in demand because of the global war on terror. "They are pretty awesome machines," says William Whyte, owner of Armet Armored Vehicles Inc., the company that builds the Gurkha. "We've been stopped on roads with people taking pictures and wanting to know what they are." The Gurkha can go more than 150 kilometres per hour...
  • WARNING: Gurkhas!!!!!!!!!!!

    02/15/2005 6:14:38 PM PST · by -=[_Super_Secret_Agent_]=- · 152 replies · 11,885+ views
    02/15/2005
    weapons training Pushups the Gorkha way Celebrating the end of training the Gorkha way by cutting the neck of a goat in one stroke Soldier paying tribute to his comrades killed in battle in Kashmir insurgency Soldier going through the punishment drill for failing to meet the exacting standards set by the Gorkhas during training Soldier sharpning his khukri, Gorkha knife Gorkha commandoes fighting no holds barred full contact karate Soldier singing cadence going through the drill Giving the Gorkha war shout Soldier being trained in rappelling for mountain warfare Soldier training on the obstacle course come rain or shine...
  • Armed and trendy: Will Gurkha bodyguard fad go Hollywood?

    01/04/2005 8:06:20 AM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 13 replies · 1,334+ views
    Boston Herald ^ | January 4, 2005 | Christopher Cox
    The latest gotta-have-it celebrity accessory may be exotic bodyguards. We're not talking muscle-bound men in black or former Green Berets. For this detail, only Gurkhas will do. The Nepalese soldiers are famed for their valor, loyalty and discretion. Gurkha units served with distinction in both world wars, as well as the 1982 Falklands dust-up and the 1991 Persian Gulf conflict. Gurkhas also work security details for cruise lines, businessmen, potentates and the coalition in Iraq.
  • Al-Qaeda spies in UK ("Secret report" seen by paper)

    11/01/2004 2:01:04 AM PST · by Stoat · 7 replies · 587+ views
    The Sun (U.K.) ^ | November 1, 2004 | TOM NEWTON DUNN
    Al-Qaeda spies in UK Threat ... Guards in London     By TOM NEWTON DUNN Defence EditorAL-Qaeda agents are spying on UK military bases to plan a terror spectacular, military chiefs have warned. A leaked secret report — seen by The Sun — reveals men of Middle Eastern appearance have been seen near several sites in the past two months. Troops are on their second highest level of security alert amid fears of a revenge attack for Britain’s role in Iraq. Guards and cavalry barracks in Central London are thought to be at high risk. Suspect activity has also...
  • A fight to the death in Nepal

    11/14/2003 10:30:54 AM PST · by swarthyguy · 12 replies · 1,345+ views
    AsiaTimes ^ | 15.11.2003 | Dhruba Adhikary
    KATHMANDU - Anyone going through literature put out by the Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) will understand that the ultimate aim of the "People's War", launched in early 1996, is to convert the Himalayan kingdom into a state run by the believers of Marxism-Leninism-Maoism. Their Internet web site places Prachanda, their supremo who goes with one name, on a par with Karl Marx, Vladimir Lenin and Mao Zedong. And the Nepali expression of the "Prachanda Path" is made to appear comparable to the Shining Path movement in Peru. Baburam Bhattarai, one of the leader's right-hand men, used to cite the...
  • Abducted British official a Brigadier General (Nepal)

    10/21/2003 3:03:12 AM PDT · by Int · 12 replies · 221+ views
    Nepal News ^ | Oct.21, 2003
    Abducted British official a Brigadier General A British official abducted by the Maoists from Baglung on Monday was a senior official named John Paul, a Brigadier General of the British army, published reports said Tuesday. The Kathmandu-based British embassy Monday confirmed the abduction of the official on Monday. Along with Paul, four more officials have gone missing. Of them, three were British Gurkha officials. They have been identified as Nar Bahadur Thapa, Balkrishna Gurung and Karna Bahadur Kaucha. The name of the fifth abducted official was not known. The actual place where the abduction took place was Lekhani village in...
  • Lt Colonel Collins

    05/09/2003 5:15:13 AM PDT · by may18 · 8 replies · 242+ views
    telegraph | 9/5/03 | Telegraph
    Lt Colonel collins of the 1st Battalion of the Royal Irish has been promoted to full colonel a reminder of his words __________ We go to liberate not to conquer. We will not fly our flags in their country," "We are entering Iraq to free a people and the only flag which will be flown in that ancient land is their own. Show respect for them. If you are ferocious in battle remember to be magnanimous in victory "There are some who are alive at this moment who will not be alive shortly. Those who do not wish to go...
  • Gurkha POWs Win Case for Special Hardship Payment

    11/27/2002 10:17:04 AM PST · by Happygal · 13 replies · 232+ views
    ABC News/Reuters ^ | November 27, 2002 | Jeremy Lovell
    LONDON (Reuters) - A group of Gurkha soldiers taken prisoner by the Japanese in World War II won a major victory over the British government Wednesday as a court ruled they were wrongly excluded from a special compensation payment. "This judgment is of great importance not only to the three elderly claimants who live in Nepal but also for the 343 other Gurkha POWs who have been denied compensation on racially discriminatory grounds," said their lawyer Phil Shiner. "It is important also that my clients' service for the British will now be formally acknowledged, and this will give them comfort...
  • Suspected rebels attack car showroom in Nepalese capital

    08/31/2002 11:21:36 PM PDT · by swarthyguy · 4 replies · 275+ views
    TheStarMalaysia/AP ^ | September 01, 2002
    KATMANDU, Nepal (AP): Suspected Maoist rebels attacked a used car showroom in Nepal's capital on Sunday, police said. No one was injured in the attack. Guards at the car dealership said four people armed with shotguns and pistols attacked the showroom and damaged at least two dozen cars. They fired their guns in the air and left an explosive device, the guards said. The guards, who were afraid to give their names, said they managed to toss the explosive out on the street, and it exploded upon hitting the ground. Windows in nearby houses were damaged. It was the fourth...